Grant MacEwan has been offering a class to teach iPhone users the secrets of capturing those special moments.

The course also provides instruction on the best apps that can turn photos into works of art.

“You don't always have your camera around when something cool is there.  But you usually have your camera phone,” student Tarra kongsrude said.

Course instructor, Brock Kryton, said the course helps simplify the photo process, on par with what a professional might do in a darkroom.

“It really has just taken the fundamentals of that, broken it down and just made it really easy, with the click of a button to do what the pros are doing,” he explained.

Yet, industry experts said there was still a place for professional cameras.

“You can't really make a very big enlargement from a phone because it has a small sensor,” general manager of McBain Camera, Neil McBain, said.

As people adapt to using smartphones for their photo needs, the camera industry has also being going high tech including Wi-Fi options for easy sharing and wireless lenses.

“You can clip your phone on the back so you can use your phone as a view finder for your lens and take pictures that way,” McBain explained.

With files from Amanda Anderson